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Cabernet Cabaret

I absolutely love New Jersey, particularly the diversity of it – its close proximity to both New York and Philadelphia and how you are simultaneously near mountains, farms, city life and beaches. The sunshine was in and out on a cloudy Sunday two weeks ago in New Egypt, NJ, and the winos were out in throngs. Some of my best girlfriends and I decided to check out the Laurita Winery for the first time in New Egypt, NJ for their Food Trucks and Firepits bash.



 The vineyard, named after a combination of the owners’ mothers’ names, Lauren and Rita, is impressive and beautiful. At this festival, they had unique antiques for sale and food trucks galore. We certainly indulged, immediately upon arrival. The Empanada Guy, Carlos Serrano, really brought out all the stops with even lobster and crab empanadas! They were insanely delicious and you would know, since it had the longest line of all the trucks. We ended up meeting the super sweet Chef Carlos and speaking to him briefly about his locations, but what I found most endearing about him is that he was a dreamer who believed in what he was doing and turned this passion into a successful business with quite the following.


Though there were several wines to choose from, their Cabernet Sauvignon was our favorite. It’s balanced taste and smooth finish really appealed to each of our palettes.



Later on, we treated ourselves to delicious Belgian waffles from a French company, Waffle de Lys. I, with more eager eyes than a greedy child, topped mine off with strawberries, Nutella, vanilla ice cream, and home made whipped cream. After we silently ate our delectable desserts, we found this a fine time to walk off our gluttonous sin.


The leisurely ease of the day while catching up with some of my favorite gal pals was beyond fun, and all of the attendees really were there to have a great time. 



With great cover bands and the natural honesty of the gorgeous landscape, it truly was a day filled with magic, laughter, sugar, lobster, and sulfites.



(I was wearing a vintage jumpsuit I modified, Gap color-blocked shoes and an old Limited clutch – entire outfit not even $50!)

DSC04185Cannot wait to go back to Laurita for another fun Ladies’ Day!

Thank you to my beautiful gals, Clarissa and Nancy, for the photography <3

Posted by Olga Turka at 2014/05/28 9:00 AM No Comments
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Stop and Smell the Latte

As a freelancer who lives in the NY metro area, I am often caught up in the incessant hustle, the on-the-go lifestyle, and the “convenience is key” thought process. Although I quite enjoy a fast pace because I am naturally restless, I began contemplating this from a broader scope, particularly after a very bad tumble last week in a parking lot whilst running to make the bus (jackass!).

For example, a personal resolution of mine this year is to only order my fancy, almond milk coffee drinks out if I am able to sit down and enjoy it out of a ceramic mug. Though this isn’t feasible when a fast jolt of fuel is needed to continue the day, I became very aware of a few things. 

When I actually cherish the moment, each sip proved to be simultaneously relaxing and energizing. Simply put, it feels better. It also turns out to be an awesome platform for social interaction, which is easily missed with our imaginary blinders and headphones on in our mindless subway travels. And I could solemnly swear that it tastes better when you aren’t chugging out of a generic and wasteful paper cup. You see, if I’m going to continue this $3-5 a day habit, as long I adhere to my resolution as much as possible, I am actually able to appreciate an experience with it. 

The same principles may certainly be applied to other areas of life. Similarly, takeout food never tastes home-cooked like mom’s and don’t even get me started on the mushy, limp mess french fries are in that to-go container. It’s as if you’re getting the secondhand version of something – not quite the original, yet it’ll do. Likewise, the local mall with racks and racks of the same mass-manufactured clothing can seem so uniform and blasé. When I pass by some semi-cute top entrancing me with glittery sequins, there’s twenty behind it in various sizes (equalling twenty girls who will be donning the same piece from the same store, let alone countless others worldwide). This is why I’m drawn to vintage – because in a world full of monotony, these treasures keep it refreshing. In this case, the secondhand IS the original. Though if that top must be purchased because it caught your eye, fits you like a glove and the sale price can’t be beat, add your own personal twists to make sure it’s all your own.

Maybe we should raise our standards a bit, for no one else  but ourselves. We should make everything a personal experience that is originally ours, from pulling together an amazing ensemble to that last sip of a delicious latte. Yes, carpe diem. But savor it, too.

Posted by Olga Turka at 2014/04/24 5:55 PM No Comments
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